I parked her car, trying to keep my wings hidden and not show the excruciating pain that Riley had caused me. Or, should I say Lucifer, acting as Riley. Riley was long dead. His soul was completely consumed by the evil. The man who had broken Bella was gone, but he was already evil to begin with. Now, he was an instrument for the devil, a disguise for Lucifer to wear to get to Bella.
“Edward, are you sure you’re okay?” Bella asked, her voice faint and tinged with pain, but so sweet.
“Let’s focus on you, pretty Bella,” I replied, getting out of the car and helping her out as well. It took all my strength to stay upright and keep my wings tucked in my body. Checking into the emergency room, we were led into an examination room. A nurse took Bella’s vitals. I stayed close by, but I needed to stretch my wings, eat a steak or twenty and sleep for days. Whatever Riley had done to me; it was bad.
“Isabella Swan?” asked a female doctor. Bella smiled tersely. “I’m Dr. Leah Clearwater. You broke your wrist?”
“I think so,” she replied. “I was working when an ex-boyfriend came in, grabbing my wrist and grinding the bones together. Then, I fell back and I felt a snap.”
“Let me get some x-rays,” Dr. Clearwater said, jotting something on the chart. She turned me, her eyes narrowing. “Sir, are you okay? You look pale.”
“I’ll be fine. Bella, I need to step out. I’m feeling a little nauseous,” I said, rubbing my belly. Bella frowned sympathetically. “I’m okay. I just don’t want to …” I chuckled and imitating throwing up. She nodded and I darted out. I made my way to the exit, sprinting to the tree line. Once I was hidden, I unfurled my wings and took off. Using my mind, I shouted for Alice. She found me, guiding me to a remote mountain. I fell to my knees, panting heavily. “What was that?”
Kneeling, Alice pressed her hand to my chest. “Darkness. Pure evil,” she said, her hand warming and healing me. “It was just a fraction of his power, Edward.”
“So, it’s Lucifer?” I asked. “You’re certain?”
“Yes. He’s assumed human form once again. We don’t know exactly what he has in store,” Alice sighed, finishing her healing and stumbling. “How did you stay upright, Edward?”
“I don’t know, but I did. For her,” I murmured, wanting to be next to her once again. Alice sat down, giving me a smirk. I shook my head. “What is Riley or Lucifer or whatever his name is, what does he want with Bella? Is this another wave of genocide?”
“She’s powerful, but she’s at a crossroads,” Alice said. “If she focuses on her powers for good, Lucifer will lose power and be banished to Hell for a thousand years. If she goes to the dark side, the world will erupt into chaos and we will never recover. Ever.”
“How is she so powerful?” I asked. “Surely, you’re privy to that information.”
“That we don’t know,” Alice said, her brow furrowing. “He is pretty mum about the whole situation, only saying that Bella is important. You better head back, though. Are you okay?”
“I don’t feel so empty, but I still hurt,” I said, rubbing my chest. “Alice, please, as soon as you find out more, let me know.”